Backcountry Skiing and Camping Food Guide & Raw Macaroons

by sageandhoney

I’m trying to put together a comprehensive guide for backcountry skiing and camping. I’ve been looking online at lists, and they are helpful, but I’m not satisfied with their food lists. They gave me some idea of how much to bring, but I wanted a better idea of what to bring. This is my first snow camping and skiing trip. We’re leaving early Friday morning and coming back Sunday. So that means breakfast for Saturday and Sunday, lunch and snacks for all three days and two dinners. Seven meals plus snacks all together.

What I’m learning as I pack is that you have to bring a lot of shit backcountry skiing and camping. And, as this is my first time out there I’m sure I’m forgetting things. So, when I get back I’ll do a post about how it all worked out. I read a post that recommended starting from the feet up, so I’ll attempt to accomplish that here. If you have any suggestions or tips please share.

My situation: 2 people. 3 days, 2 nights. 7 meals. Echo Lake to Emerald Bay. Weather: sunny, mid 70’s – nice backcountry ski camping weather, hopefully there’s still snow to hike on.


Climbing skins
Socks: 3 ski pairs, 1 sleep pair
Long underwear bottoms: 1 pair warm, 1 light, 1 shorts
Long underwear tops: 2 base, 2 layers, 2 t-shirts
Sports bra & regular bra, underwear-3 pairs
Mini camp towel
Snow pants
Down sweater & water proof jacket
Hat, headlamp, shades, neckie
Helmet & goggles
gloves-2 pairs, light and warm
Beacon, probe, shovel

Sleeping bag, pad
First aid kit
Mess kit
Jet Boil & utensils
Toothpaste, toothbrush, tea tree oil
Camel back, water purifier

Food: This is a hard list and one I’m sure I’ll revise on my next trip. I just don’t want to eat freeze-dried oatmeal in the morning because oatmeal has a funny way of making me hungrier. What I’m planning on having is some protein and fat for both meals and plenty of snacks. Breakfast and lunch are interchangeable meals for me. So in the morning I’ll either have some fruit and a bar or an avocado with cheese, meat and crackers. As long as we have plenty of snacks we can eat relatively small meals throughout the day and be fine. I’m hoping these dinners are tasty because that is the meal that keeps you warm and happy when you’re sleeping. Some of the extravagant foods, like the baked yams and avocados will get eaten the first day and night. After that we’ll probably stick to dry foods.
2 Avocados
Raw cheddar cheese
2 Italian Salamis
4 baked yams

Lunch & Snacks:
4 coconut Lara bars
2 chocolate hazelnut butter packs
Raw macaroons (recipe below)
Trail mix: almonds, coconut flakes, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, currants, dried figs, chocolate, salt
2 Espresso Gu
Organic beef jerky
TLC Crackers
Ready to eat wild salmon
3 chocolate bars

Dinner: Yakisoba noodles (Backpacker’s Pantry)
Mac n Cheese (MaryJaneFarms Organic)
Curry in a Hurry (MaryJaneFarms Organic)
Chili con Carne from (MaryJaneFarms Organic)

Other: hot chocolate mix, salt & pepper

 Raw Macaroons

Raw Macaroons:

2 ½ cups coconut flakes
1/3 cup coconut oil, liquefied (place coconut oil jar in hot water)
¾ cup raw cacao
¼ cup maple syrup
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla bean powder

Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly. If the mix is too dry, add more oil or syrup. Make sure you taste the macaroons several times as you mix, make sure they are sweet, but not too sweet. I form mine in balls and dehydrate them for a few hours to make them a little crispy on the outside, but you can bake them at a really low temperature, or just eat them without any of that fuss. They are great fuel, plenty of fat from the coconut oil and antioxidants and other goodies from the chocolate and cinnamon. The salt and maple syrup complexity is delicious combined the coconut and chocolate.